This stage of parenthood has certainly brought a new set of challenges! It's kind of like Texas weather- ever changing! The early years are physically demanding. As the children get older, it becomes a mental and emotional roller coaster. At the end of the day, I am mentally drained. Something tells me this is only the beginning.
JB is now 12 and eager to share his wealth of knowledge on ALL subjects. He insists on doing things his way, and taking suggestions from parents is way lame. Although it was painful at first, he finally settled into middle school. Occasionally, he has trouble getting himself organized, but overall he's on the right track.
MC has succumbed to the mysterious "middle child syndrome". He is happy to "fly under the radar", when he's not quipping a punch line. He's the creative type and quickly loses interest in things that he determines are irrelevant. Let's just say he needs a little outside motivation.
Baby Girl is our little spitfire! She has no problem telling you exactly what she wants and when she wants it. I just had a talk with the boys about the difference between assertiveness in boys and girls. I want to make sure we don't unknowingly affect her self-confidence with labels, so we'll have to find synonyms for bossy.
Recently I've been brought to tears (of laughter) at the thought of parenting a teenager and toddler at the same time. What was I thinking? I've certainly relaxed a bit, on some things, and learned to pick my battles. I'm also praying, in advance, for the teenage years!